Jun 14 Posted 2 years ago
What about recent American history? Imagine what McCarthy would have done if he had Prism. What would have happened to the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam war protesters? Right now, are government services compiling dossiers about the leading Occupy members? I agree that privacy and freedom are mutually dependent. They are also the peoples only real defense against bad government and authoritarianism.
I'm shocked by the abject compliance by companies such as Google and Facebook. I wish that companies would show the same commitment and ingenuity to protecting their members' rights as they do to avoiding tax.
There are some good guys. I use Zurker.com, a member owned social network, which is committed to transparency, freedom of speech and no adverts. As for privacy, this is what a co-founder wrote the other day:-
As Custodian of Zurker, I hereby declare this: as long as I am Custodian of Zurker, I will protect your data from prying eyes by any means necessary.
Apparently, Twitter were able to resist the government's demands for access to their data, and I hope to resist the government by legal means and keep Zurker Inc. in the USA. But if I must, and there is no other way, I will keep the NSA's hands off our data by moving our servers abroad. I will hire engineers to help me develop a distributed and redundant encrypted network that stays up even if one server is taken down in a raid.
Crowdfunding is so far - as far as I know - only legal in the US, so moving outside the US comes with more than technical challenges. I am not exactly sure if we will need to move to a different jurisdiction, and how exactly it will play out if we do end up making that decision.
But what I can tell you is this: if push comes to shove and the NSA and/or various other intelligence organizations intimidate us with court orders, there will be only one answer: take a hike.
An interesting contrast to the mealy-mouthed responses we've heard from the PRISM contributors.
Jun 12 Posted 2 years ago
Thanks Mike. There's a lot to be said for looking backwards now and again.
Jun 12 Posted 2 years ago
Nice post, Howard. I especially enjoyed your historical perspective. "Our ignorance of history makes us vilify our own time" -- Flaubert. It will be interesting to see how all of this "Wild West" stuff plays out. These are exciting times!
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